HIGHLAND – HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital has awarded Jody Rutz-Marti, a registered nurse, with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the “super-human efforts” nurses perform every day.
Rutz-Marti serves as an RN for St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Surgery Department.
“I am honored to have been nominated and given the DAISY Award,” said Rutz-Marti. “Our patients are at the center of everything we do, and caring for them is a privilege.”
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues and they are chosen by a committee at St. Joseph’s Hospital to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The honoree also gets a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Melissa Cates, Interim Chief Nursing Officer. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”
This is the second DAISY Award presented at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Nominations for future DAISY Awards at St. Joseph’s continue to be accepted. Patients and visitors are encouraged to share and submit their story of witnessing excellent and compassionate care from the clinical staff.
PHOTO: Melissa Cates, interim chief nursing officer, left, and John Ludwig, president and CEO, present the DAISY Award to Jody Rutz-Marti.